Every year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of resource partners help millions of potential and existing small business owners start, grow and succeed.
Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business.
If you're just starting, the SBA and its resources can help you with loans and business management skills. If you're already in business, you can use the SBA's resources to help manage and expand your business, obtain government contracts, recover from disaster, find foreign markets, and make your voice heard in the federal government.
Resource Partners in the Santa Ana District
SCORE is a national network of more than 12,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders and executives who volunteer as mentors to America's small businesses. SCORE matches you with a mentor whose personality and skills are a good fit for your business needs. Whether you are a start-up business or a growing company, you can meet with a mentor for free and confidential advice. There are three SCORE chapters in the Santa Ana District with a combined membership of more than 150 volunteers: Orange County SCORE, Inland Empire SCORE, and Coachella Valley SCORE.
The Small Business Development Center program has been vital to SBA's entrepreneurial outreach for more than 25 years. It has become one of the largest professional small business management and technical assistance providers in the nation, with nearly 900 locations across the country. The Santa Ana District is served by the Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Lead SBDC, hosted by California State University, Fullerton, which operates five primary service centers: Orange County SBDC, Inland Empire SBDC, Coachella Valley SBDC, Launchpad SBDC, and TriTech SBDC.
The SBA's Women Business Center program is a network of approximately 110 community based centers which provide business training, counseling, mentoring and other assistance geared towards women, particularly those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. While their services are focused on women, approximately 30% of their clients are male. There are two Women Business Centers operating in the Santa Ana District: Inland Empire WBC and Coachella Valley WBC.